Environmental Economics

Economic Benefits from an Improvement in Water Quality

This report introduces and empirically tests a new methodology for estimating the economic benefits accruing to society from an improved recreation facility. The specific facility under consideration is Upper Klamath Lake, Oregon, which presently has low water quality. The methodology draws upon previous work done in the evaluation of recreational demand; however, it focuses upon the individual recreationist and separates the traditional price variable into on-site costs and travel costs. The model is used to estimate the number of days per visit the recreationist will stay at the site as the water quality improves.

  • Keywords

    1. Benefits Analysis
    1. Benefits Analysis - Valuation
    1. Benefits Analysis - Valuation - Revealed Preference
    1. Benefits Analysis - Valuation - Revealed Preference - Travel Cost
    Environmental Media:
    b. Water
    b. Water - Surface
    Reiling, S.D.
    Gibbs, K.C.
    Stoevener, Herbert H.
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    Empirical Application
    Inventory Record #: EE-0176
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    Oregon State University, Department of Agricultural EconomicsAddress:
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    Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Monitoring, Implementation Research DivisionAddress:
    City: Washington State: DC ZIP: 20460
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